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Local schoolgirls inspired in STEM

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LLANELLI’s Assembly Member, Lee Waters, hosted an event in Tumble Hall on Monday to inspire local schoolgirls to consider taking up STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – subjects in school.

The event saw eight-year-old girls from Gwendraeth Valley schools taking part in fun science activities, and celebrating the advances women have made over centuries in scientific and mathematical fields.

Lee Waters AM said: “This has become an annual event inspired initially by our area’s association with Amelia Earhart’s incredible feat in being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. With a tech skill shortage and an ever-widening gender divide, now is a critical time to engage pupils – particularly girls – and inspire them to take up STEM subjects and careers.”

During the event, the girls were able to participate in activities that gave them a fun experience of science and tech. The workshops were provided by local companies Mad Science Wales and Technocamp, which devised an engaging programme of STEM activities around the theme of ‘flight’.

The AM said: “In STEM subjects, girls do better than boys at primary school, and they’re level pegging at secondary school; however, only 16% of jobs in these STEM fields are taken by women. If we want to recover the economy of this area, we need to inspire girls and women to think that they too can take a role.”

Mr Waters also paid tribute to the achievements of women in science such as Ruby Payne-Scott who was the first person to figure out the temperature of the sun and Rosalind Franklin who discovered the structure of DNA. He added: “We don’t celebrate women like these enough and we’ve got to put that right, so every year, while I’m an Assembly Member, I’m going to commemorate these amazing, pioneering women – women like Amelia Earhart.

I want our local girls to know that they too can grow up to become scientists, engineers, mathematicians, inventors and fighter pilots. And not to let anything – or anyone – hold them back.”

The event was sponsored by local engineering firm Amcanu.

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Police appeal for information following alleged assault on a child

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POLICE are appealing for information after an alleged sexual assault on a child in Pembrey Country Park.

The police statement is as follows: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating an allegation of sexual assault by touching on a child, aged 6 years old, which occurred on Saturday afternoon, July 11, at a location in Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire.  

“Officers immediately attended and searched the area.

“The suspect, who was unknown to the victim, is described as a white male with a tan, approximately 6ft tall, in his 40’s-50’s with short messy grey hair. He is described as wearing a blue t-shirt and a hat and carrying a black rucksack.  

“Officers are continuing to patrol the area and anniversary checks will be carried out.

“Anyone who has seen a male matching the description or anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Local bus firms in protest drive over uncertainty

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HONK for hope is being backed by the coach operators surrounding the South West Wales area. 

They took to the roads around Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and Cardigan in peaceful protest to support the call for help by coach operators during the corona virus pandemic.

Honk for hope is a national campaign to draw the public’s attention to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry. It seeks to draw Governments attention to the dangerous position the coach and travel industry has fallen under, asking for them to take action.

Local coach companies, including Midway Motors, took to the roads to show their support to the campaign and to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on the industry and to ask for more support from the Government. 

The coaches and supporters met at the Carmarthen Park and Ride on July 14 at 11am to begin the drive. On the trip they visited Carmarthen at around 11.15am then headed to Haverfordwest for noon, finally reaching cardigan at 1.30pm.

Midway Motors spoke on their social media page: ‘Amazing to see so many local companies turning up to travel around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Nice to see so many people along the roadsides as well. Let’s hope for some good news from the Government in Westminster tomorrow.”

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Waters tells Welsh Tories to “Get Serious” in Senedd debate

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LLANELLI’S Member of the Senedd Lee Waters has criticised the Welsh Conservatives for trying to score points from the coronavirus crisis.

In a debate about transport in Wales, the Tories argued that the Welsh Government had failed to provide adequate support for bus operators during the pandemic, and were disappointed by the discouragement of flights from Cardiff airport due to the recently relaxed travel restrictions.

Lee Waters said: “These are serious times, but I am afraid this motion is not a serious response from the Tories. The honourable project to create the Welsh Conservatives appears to be dead. Week after week the WG has faced calls by the Tories to copy the latest back of the envelope announcement from Downing Street. Public health policy driven by press conference is not the approach of this government”

“While passengers have understandably stepped away from public transport, the WG has not. The Tories claim that the 95% drop in passengers is due to the “cruel five mile rule”, but the drops been the same in England. What’s the logic of that?”

The Member of the Welsh Parliament for Llanelli added “When we commit Welsh tax payers money to help distressed bus companies, that’s money not being spent in care homes, or on schools. So when we do use these limited resources, we expect something in return. A commitment to keep down fares and a commitment to keep the services passengers want.”

“We will make extra funding available for increased services when passengers are ready to come back, not when it suits bus company shareholders, who’ve clearly been lobbying the Welsh Conservatives” Lee said.

Discussing Cardiff airport, Mr Waters remarked that it was “An airport the Conservatives wanted us to let fail in private ownership. An airport that we rescued and revived, yet opposed each step of the way by the Tories. Our calls for the UK Government to help regional airports like Cardiff have been ignored, and that’s where the Welsh Conservatives should be focusing their firepower.”

In his closing remarks, Lee said “The Conservatives are criticising us for the recently lifted travel restrictions, despite voting for it.  So we’ve seen the true colours of the Tories today; prepared to put short term profit above public health, and again, we make no apologies for wanting to keep people safe.”

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